As most of you know, one of my goals for 2011 is to run my first half marathon. Well, I have officially registered for one on April 16th in Austin, TX!!
Growing up I played pretty much any sport, if there was opportunity…officially, I only played softball and basketball…but I would have called myself “hardcore” at the time. I ran a lot, but mostly sprints. Long distance running was never something I even attempted. In college, I was awaken to the world of “exercise”…running for the sake of overall health and fitness, not just stamina.
About a year before John Ryan and I got married, I decided to push myself a little harder, to see my potential…I got up to about 3 miles a day and then plateaued…I had zero knowledge concerning what my body really needed to accelerate. Now, mind you, it was great exercise and I was actually loosing weight as well, but what I didn’t know then was that that’s not the best approach for keeping my body fit and free from injury. John Ryan came into my life and everything changed, contextually and literally!
This past year and a half has been a major learning curve for me with figuring out how to listen to my body and staying on top of a specific workout program, but it has been wonderful! I can honestly say I have never felt better!! AND I don’t suffer from random injuries as often as I used to…I mean, heck, I haven’t been to see a chiropractor once this year!
All that to say…John Ryan and I are a part of this brand new running group called the Sol Runners…Our first run was New Year’s Day…it was a 5K (that’s 3.1 miles)…what’s so great about this group is that we get together to run every 1st saturday of every month absolutely FREE! Also, this month they offered a 10K (6.2 miles), which I am proud to say I participated in! My first 10K!!! The group was much smaller and there were several walkers…but I felt as if I’d really accomplished something awesome!!
This is the furthest I have run to date…and I finished it in 1 hour and 3 minutes…. I might be well on my way to ripping that half marathon to shreds!!